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The Best Boris Karloff Movies 

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List of the best Boris Karloff movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Boris Karloff's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Boris Karloff movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Boris Karloff movies will be at the top of the list. Boris Karloff has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Boris Karloff movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Boris Karloff films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Boris Karloff role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Boris Karloff performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different films, including Two Arabian Knights and The Haunted Strangler.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Boris Karloff movies?" and "What are the greatest Boris Karloff roles of all time?"

Buster Keaton and John Ford are among those who directed Boris Karloff at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Movie fans who love Boris Karloff have also been known to enjoy films starring Vincent Price and Lon Chaney, Sr..

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Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

Released: 1935

Directed by: James Whale

Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester ...more

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Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

Released: 1931

Directed by: James Whale

Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

Released: 1932

Directed by: Karl Freund

The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff as a revived ancient Egyptian priest. The movie also features Zita Johann, David Manners ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

Released: 1934

Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer

Not to be confused with the 1941 version also featuring Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat is a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year. The picture was the ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

Released: 1945

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Body Snatcher is a 1945 horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film's producer Val Lewton helped adapt the story for ...more
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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

Released: 1939

Directed by: Rowland V. Lee

Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios' Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster as well as the first to feature ...more
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Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Released: 1932

Directed by: James Whale

The Old Dark House is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy horror film directed by James Whale. It is based on the novel Benighted (1927) by J.B. Priestley. The ensemble cast includes Boris Karloff, ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Ian Wolfe

Released: 1935

Directed by: Lew Landers

The Raven is a 1935 American horror film directed by Lew Landers and starring Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi. The picture revolves around Edgar Allan Poe's famous homonymous poem, ...more
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Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

Released: 1963

Directed by: Roger Corman

The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more

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Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Targets is a 1968 American thriller, written, produced and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and filmed in color by László Kovács.
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Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

Released: 1963

Directed by: Mario Bava

Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian-French horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film is centered on three separate tales that have an introduction and conclusion from Boris Karloff. The film ...more
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Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

Released: 1932

Directed by: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson

Scarface is a 1932 American film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks, directed by Hawks and Richard Rosson, and based on Armitage Trail's 1929 novel of the same name, ...more

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Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.

Released: 1944

Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., directed by Erle C. Kenton, written by Curt Siodmak, and produced in 1944 by Universal ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Beulah Bondi

Released: 1936

Directed by: Arthur Lubin, Lambert Hillyer

The Invisible Ray is a 1936 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi as Dr. Felix Benet that was released by Universal Pictures.
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Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane, Edmund Gwenn

Released: 1936

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

The Walking Dead is a 1936 American horror film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Boris Karloff who played a wrongly executed man who is restored to ...more
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Boris Karloff, Alan Napier, Anna Lee

Released: 1945

Directed by: Mark Robson

Isle of the Dead is a horror film made for RKO Radio Pictures by producer Val Lewton. The movie had a script inspired by the painting Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin, which appears ...more
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Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House

Released: 1946

Directed by: Mark Robson

Bedlam is a film starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee, and was the last in a series of stylish horror B films produced by Val Lewton for RKO Radio Pictures. The film was inspired by William ...more
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Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone

Released: 1939

Directed by: Rowland V. Lee

Tower of London is a 1939 black-and-white historical film and quasi-horror film released by Universal Pictures and directed by Rowland V. Lee. It stars Basil Rathbone as the future Richard III ...more
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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges

Released: 1940

Directed by: Arthur Lubin

Black Friday is a 1940 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff. Béla Lugosi, although second-billed, has only a small part in the film and does not appear with Karloff. ...more
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Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre

Released: 1963

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

The Comedy of Terrors is an American International Pictures comedy horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Joe E. ...more
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Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone

Released: 1932

Directed by: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor

The Mask of Fu Manchu is a Pre-Code adventure film released in 1932, featuring Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu and Myrna Loy as his daughter. The movie revolves around Fu Manchu's quest for the sword ...more
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Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Dick Curtis

Released: 1939

Directed by: Roy William Neill, Nick Grinde

The Man They Could Not Hang is a low-budget horror film produced by Columbia Pictures, directed by Nick Grinde, and starring Boris Karloff as Dr. Henryk Savaard. The supporting cast features ...more
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Boris Karloff, Robert (Tex) Allen, Marian Marsh

Released: 1935

Directed by: Roy William Neill

The Black Room is a 1935 mystery-horror film, directed by Roy William Neill. The movie stars Boris Karloff in a dual role as twin brothers. The film also features Marian Marsh and Robert Allen. ...more

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Boris Karloff, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke

Released: 1933

Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter

The Ghoul is a British horror film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, and Ralph Richardson, making his film debut.